Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch

BY Ian Kane TIMEFebruary 5, 2022 PRINT

This week, we’ll look at a film that gives new meaning to “disaster movie” as well as others about embarking on interesting journeys.

New Release

‘Moonfall’

Something has sent our Moon off course, and it’s now careening toward Earth. A motley crew of astronauts may be the only thing that can save our planet from destruction … or maybe not.

Disaster movie-goers who are looking to be thrilled and chilled may instead be disappointed, as characters laugh about life-threatening situations and make fun of each other’s potential deaths. Even if viewers suspended their normal logical thinking, the film’s dialogue and plotline are so absurd that it can’t even be considered “dumb fun.”

Action | Adventure | Sci-fi
Release Date: Feb. 4, 2022
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley
Runtime: 2 hours
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Where to Watch: Theaters
Rated: 1 1/2 stars out of 5

 

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Family Pick

Balloon

Set in 1979 East Germany, two families plot together to escape the oppressive Soviet regime. They hope to float over the Berlin Wall via hot air balloon and reach the freedom of West Germany. But will they be able to keep their clandestine balloon construction plans a secret and make it across?

This very insightful film, based on actual events, portrays how dismal life is under the fundamentally flawed systems of socialism and communism. It also functions as a very entertaining history lesson for the entire family.

Drama | History | Thriller
Release Date: Feb. 21, 2020
Director: Michael Herbig
Starring: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross
Runtime: 2 hours 5 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Where to Watch: Kanopy, Vudu, Amazon
Rated: 4 stars out of 5

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Riveting Drama

‘Fearless’

When Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) survives a terrible plane crash, his entire personality changes. Some of these changes manifest themselves in Klein having delusions of grandeur, as well as becoming increasingly distant from his family. Will he be able to shake the abnormal spell he’s fallen under?

In many ways, Klein’s journey correlates to modern-day issues, including a “crashing” of world economies and freedoms, but also a ray of light at the end of the tunnel and an eventual return to normalcy.

Drama | Thriller 
Release Date: Nov. 5, 1993
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez
Runtime: 2 hours 2 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: Vudu, Hoopla, DirecTV
Rated: 4 stars out of 5

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Harrowing Hero’s Journey

‘Sergeant York’ 

A cinematic homage to real-life World War II serviceman and Christian convert Alvin York (Gary Cooper), who became recognized as a war hero not for the number of enemy soldiers he killed, but how many friendly lives he saved. Well-paced with powerful performances by its cast, this film is an incredibly riveting drama that should inspire even the most ardent of pessimists.

Biography | Drama | History
Release Date: Sept. 27, 1941
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie
Runtime: 2 hours 14 minutes
Rating: Passed
Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, HBO Max
Rated: 5 stars out of 5

Ian Kane
Ian Kane is an U.S. Army veteran, author, filmmaker, and actor. He is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.
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